Eric GeierContributor, Network World

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Eric Geier is a freelance tech writer as well as the founder of NoWiresSecurity, a cloud-based Wi-Fi security service, and On Spot Techs, an on-site computer services company.

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Tested: 7 VPN services that help protect your privacy online

We evaluated seven VPN services that can help anonymize your Internet traffic so it’s much harder for websites to track your personal browsing history.

MU-MIMO compared to SU-MIMO

How MU-MIMO Wi-Fi works to improve the speed and capacity of home networks

Multi-user MIMO promises to deliver a significant upgrade in wireless-networking performance. Here’s why everyone’s so excited.

Netgear Nighthawk X6 802.11ac Wi-Fi router

Quality of Service explained: How routers with strong QoS make better home networks

Bandwidth is the precious currency of networks. A router with good Quality of Service technology makes sure all devices get their fair share.

Future Wi-Fi

What’s next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax

While you consider which 802.11ac router to buy, the industry is working hard to render it obsolete. Here's what to expect in the next few years, as engineers tease more bandwidth and faster transmission speeds out of Wi-Fi.

Beamforming

All about beamforming, the faster Wi-Fi you didn't know you needed

It focuses the signal for faster transmission, and it's built into many of the latest 802.11ac routers.

Ditch your ISP's modem and change your Internet experience forever

If your ISP allows it, buying and installing your own modem can net you some sweet performance improvements and a cheaper monthly bill.

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How (and why) to set up a VPN today

Investing in a good VPN is one of the smartest steps you can take toward improving your online privacy. We'll show you how to do it right.

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How to choose a mobile carrier for your small business

Before you lock your company into a contract, consider these tips--they'll help you read between the lines of the carriers' fine print and make the smartest choice.

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